Speaking the 23rd Psalm
I must tell you a story I heard about the orator and the farmer. I confess I do not know the true author but the story is important. I will tell it as best I can from memory. If you know this story and the author please leave a comment and I will display it the next day. So, here it goes:
There was a meeting in a town where a famous orator was invited to speak the 23rd Psalm before a festive event. There was also confusion because a farmer respected in the community was supposed to speak the 23rd Psalm at the same occasion. It was decided to have both men speak the 23rd Psalm. The orator was first and he got up and began to speak the Psalm with perfect diction and eloquence of voice. His voice was strong and deep and his expression was tastefully dramatic. When he finished the speech, he sat down and the farmer got up to speak. There was a big difference. Without formal speaking skills the farmer just started to speak with sincerity of soul and spiritual power.
After the meeting was over the orator approached the farmer and with tears in his eyes said, ” I truly knew the 23rd Psalm, but you knew the Master.” The orator knows what we know. When God is in what we do the effect will be strong even though we may not have all of man’s skills and assets. Are you like the orator or the farmer?
Here is the 23rd Psalm they were speaking.
King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.